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Dave_the_Proc

  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I live here and there’s plenty of areas I’d avoid wandering around on my own! Hope you got one of the tours with a real live guide, and not the bland pre-recorded one....
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Spend a day in productive work and miss out on the wholesale denigration and slagging of the north-west corner of your homeland! Ho hum. Seriously though, Derry (please don't bother with the "Stroke City" Derry/Londonderry stuff, it only matters to...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    The wholesale vandalism of the rail network in NI was truly despicable, and to this day, public transport west of the River Bann is atrocious — some bus service, no rail links (except the line to Derry; which I do...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    And even if Brexit wasn't happening, and the money was there, and the engineering problems were solved, there are still the NI politics to be resolved that ensured no motorway link between Dublin and Belfast for 50 years, and no...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    We also have an all-singing all-dancing chorus line of rainbow unicorns on crack. The leprechaun-staffed construction crews are also standing by......
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Preaching to the choir, Charlie. Preaching to the choir. I'm less depressed by Johnson's obvious misdirection and smoke-and-mirrors vanity projects, than by the expected reaction from certain elements of the NI political landscape (who will be unable to help themselves...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    In today's today's "Is it satire or is it real" news: Real possibility of Sinn Fein being part of RoI government; and Number 10 spokesperson announces that Johnson has commissioned a serious study of a Scotland-Ireland bridge. I've had enough...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Thanks Greg! That is indeed the right link. Not sure how I banjaxed it. [[ 'smart' quotes I'm afraid - mod ]]...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Very off topic, but since we’re way into the 700’s I think there might be a few folks who find this interesting. Does anyone remember the occasional commenter David C Shipley, a proponent of Brexit and self-confessed producer of the...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    "Bake Off" is a bit of an outlier. Strictly speaking it falls within the "incompetence porn" category, but seems to have taken pains to remove the hyper-competitive and confrontational aspects. I suspect it is highly successful by tapping into the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Glad you got the point I was making and didn't take it badly!...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Greg may be pig-headed, occasionally arrogant, and prone to rant about things that he is passionate about, but he has never (to my knowledge) tried to bully someone from this forum simply for disagreeing with him, nor issued death threats...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I have no idea whether your are right or wrong in what you are saying about home buying trends in the US, I'm just trying to offer some friendly advice about how to persuade others that you are right. Chances...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I personally know a variety of members of that upcoming generation that make a LOT more than me at similar points in my career Two quick points (just observations, not attempting to start an argument): 1) You're using gratuitous anecdata....
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Although the documentary will be available via the iPlayer service after broadcast. And in other pterry memorial type news, it appears that the BBC have made available Neil Gaiman's wonderful tribute, in which he reads his introduction to "A Slip...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Sadly, the documentary ("Terry Pratchett - Back in Black") is not being broadcast on BBC 2 NI, for reasons which are utterly opaque. Instead we out here in the Colonies are to be treated to a "parody" 1970's documentary of...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    There are precious few TV shows or films that cleave hard to the genre definition of "science fiction" as most readers would define it (even with the loosest of definitions). Almost all will sacrifice the science, internal consistency and continuity,...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I'm reminded of the pterry anecdote: Interviwer: Why do you have six screens? Terry: Because I can't find a rig that holds eight....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    In that case, please accept my apologies for misreading your statements at the time and assuming that you'd gone full-Farage. Enjoy your flounce!...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Dirk can be safely ignored. He has flounced off the comments at least twice claiming that he will never be back, then returns for a quick drive-by troll every six months or so. His last flounce was some time prior...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    General Election silver lining: DUP no longer hold the balance of power, and they have lost both their overall majority in Northern Ireland, and a Unionist majority in NI....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    On the subject of chippies: Many in NI also serve battered and deep fried scampi (dreaded wiki link here), the best I have had (also excellent chips and fish) is from here. Catch is landed quite literally across the road,...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Difficult to articulate the mood in NI towards the General Election. Brexit (and particularly the final form it takes) matters, here perhaps more than any other part of the UK, yet the politics has as usual been reduced to "Green...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Glad you enjoyed it! And yes, the disconnect between the size of NI (population-wise) and the shadow it casts on British politics is quite incredible....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Our medical profession has a really bad inability I would add the caveat that this inability is mostly confined to the parts of the "medical profession" that are functionally indistinguishable from senior management in any other large corporation (that is:...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    and why is this kind of flagrant meddling in another country's election -- not even masked by social media sock-puppetry -- not a criminal offense?!? Because the USA is our special friend who is going to save us after Brexit!...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Interrupting the regularly scheduled diversions and strange attractors of the late 700's to bring up something Northern Ireland centric. If any of you are interested in NI politics, and specifically the clown car crash that led to the collapse of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Organised crime, indeed. I wonder where you could find an organisation, or organisations, that have decades of experience in facilitating smuggling operations of all stripes and much experience in avoiding and evading the law? Perhaps a reach, but also perhaps...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    For those following the horrible lorry deaths story, the latest (still scant) details: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-50162617 It looks like the driver has not been released, but it is not clear whether there is any intent to charge him or whether he is...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I don't have the reference handy, but I believe that recent evidence has surfaced that secret negotiations with the IRA with the aim of a peaceful resolution began under the Conservative government prior to Blair and New Labour (or Tory-lite...
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